Trippie Redd continues to show vast improvements in his craft, meaning “Love Letter To You 3” could possibly be his best work-to-date!
You weren’t a real one if you didn’t have a crush on Topanga from Boy Meets World back in the day.
You know what’s funny? I feel like Trippie Redd picks beats to rap/sing over that he clearly doesn’t fit on, because a lot of his releases this year has had him going ham over instrumentals I would probably give to Alessia Cara. In “Topanga,” the Ohio native continues to prove my point, dishing out lyrics about toting guns, stealing our women and riding out over this soulful/heavenly beat. Throughout, Trippie’s singing alternates between passionate and aggressive, prompting you to once again wonder whether or not he suffers from a bi-polar syndrome.
I love when Trippie Redd mixes in daring vocals with some savage s**t! In “Firestarter,” that’s what you get, as our hero plays the third generation of Charlene “Charlie” McGee, causing terror over this emotional instrumental. Not only does he sing til his vocal chords are shattered, but he also spits some tough ass bars, bragging about his money and women, while also putting us down like we were fresh out the stove. Trippie, your recklessness needs no taming in the interest of getting me hyped up like this.
3. 1400/999 FREESTYLE
On this site, I’ve given both Trippie Redd and Juice WRLD nothing but 5/5’s when they drop some lyrical s**t; that means “1400/999 Freestyle” is more than likely going to get a 5/5, folks.
“1400/999 Freestyle” is tougher than opening up a can of SPAM. On it, both Trippie and Juice WRLD throw nothing but hay-makers at this bass-heavy beat, literally sounding like n***as that want to go toe to toe with the Devil. They also talk about being these reckless figures that take drugs, smash women and tote hammers, subsequently serving as bad influences to kids all around the world. While Juice utilizes a bit more punchlines than Trippie on his verse, Trippie does kill’em with a nice flow, practically crusin’ his way to the finish line on his part.
Juice WRLD reminds me of one those kids in high school that would randomly go on tangents when he sees a hard ass math question on his test.
2. DIAMOND MINDS
One of the most underrated things about Trippie Redd is his ear for music. I feel like he understands what it takes to create a hit record, and is more than willing to sacrifice his soul to make it happen. With that being said, “Diamond Minds” is a track in which the Life’s A Trip rapper orchestrates and sets the tone for what you hear by developing this memorable melody and establishing what the energy of the track will be. Tory Lanez and
The Weeknd Elliot Trent translate the energy Trippie handed them into some auto-tune heavy/soulful s**t on their respective parts. All in all, I love the way this song flows, and the chemistry on it is tremendous!
1. TOXIC WASTE
I thought “Toxic Waste” featured Trippie’s best showing on this album. It sounds multi-cultural, he actually uses his inside voice on it, and most importantly, he opens up about truly wanting love and doing away with his personal demons. I think the melody he was able to give us on this song was highly infectious, and his vocal performance was beyond impressive.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. TOPANGA (4/5)
2. FIRESTARTER (4.5/5)
3. TOXIC WASTE (5/5)
4. NEGATIVE ENERGY (4/5)
5. CAN’T LOVE (4/5)
6. LOVE SCARS 3 (4.5/5)
7. A.L.L.T.Y 3 (4.5/5)
8. EMANI INTERLUDE (N/A)
9. ELEVATE & MOTIVATE (3.5/5)
10. I TRIED LOVING (3/5)
11. WICKED (3.5/5)
12. LOYALTY BEFORE ROYALTY (3/5)
13. 1400/999 FREESTYLE (4/5)
14. SO ALIVE (3.5/5)
15. DIAMOND MINDS (4.5/5)
16. CAMP FIRE TALE (4/5)
In Love Letter To You 3, Trippie Redd continues to be the musical version of a Swiss army knife. Throughout, he sings like his life depends on it, and when he needs to, raps very respectably. He also does hella experimenting on the album, dabbling in instrumentals that range from trunk-rattling to 90210-esque. Interestingly enough, he’s at his best when he tries NOT to fit in on a song, which means the more he screams and shouts like a n***a that just got his car towed, the more enjoyable he is.
Lyrically, I saw vast improvements from Trippie on this album. Though a good amount of the stuff you heard from him revolved around meaningless s**t like f**king b*tches and toting guns, he did sprinkle in some tender content too, staying true to the main topic at hand (I mean, the album is called Love Letter To You, right?). When he did that, the music flowed better/meant more to me.
Love Letter To You 3 had some interesting features. You had big names like YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Tory Lanez and Juice WRLD, but also up and comers like Kodie Shane, Baby Goth, Emani 22 and Elliot Trent. The big names took the keys from Trippie and drove the car wherever it needed to go on their respective songs, while the up and comers made sure not to crash his s**t. In my opinion, Trippie is at his best when he’s accident-prone.
The production on Love Letter To You 3 was outstanding! Matter of fact, it’s probably the single most important aspect on the album. As I stated earlier, each and every beat Trippie was served with challenged him to step outside of the box, and much to my chagrin, he met the challenge every time. Kudos to the producers for understanding the artist they were working with. Also, kudos to Trippie for understanding what he needs to be successful.
I continue to be hella impressed with Trippie Redd’s artistry. He’s fearless, showing no intimidation in dabbling in sounds that he probably shouldn’t be f**king with, ultimately caring less if he goes 0-16. I have always given points to musicians that try to create their own lane — Trippie has done that, and now he’s working on making that lane have smoother roads.